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Frederick Douglass as a young man

Happy Birthday, Frederick Douglass

by Nancy Spannaus Feb. 14, 2021—Being born enslaved, Frederick Augustus Bailey never could be sure of his birth day, or even year.  Ultimately, as he chose a new last name, Frederick Douglass also chose the date of his birth to be February 14, 1818. Thus, today it is appropriate to […]

by February 14, 2021 0 comments Commentary, Government
The Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. (national park service)

Let Us Have Faith That Right Makes Might

In honor of Abraham Lincoln’s birthday By Nancy Spannaus February 11, 2021–“Let us have faith that right makes might, and, in that faith, let us, to the end, dare to do our duty as we understand it.”  Those were the words with which presidential aspirant Abraham Lincoln concluded his speech […]

by February 11, 2021 0 comments Commentary, History
The Vogtle nuclear plant, under construction in Georgia, is the only plant being built in the U.S.

Expand Nuclear Power Now!

By Nancy Spannaus Feb. 8, 2021—It is not only necessary, but urgent that the new Administration and U.S. Congress act immediately to expand investment in nuclear power. Such an investment conforms perfectly with Alexander Hamilton’s principles for the American System in two crucial ways. First, it puts the “mechanical genius” […]

by February 8, 2021 0 comments Commentary, Nuclear Power
Alexander Hamilton's statute in the Capitol Rotunda.

Exciting New Content on our YouTube Channel

By Nancy Spannaus Feb. 3, 2021—The AmericanSystemNow YouTube channel now features the recent video documentary by Alexander Hamilton researcher Marianne Als, “The Evidence for Hamilton Against Slavery.” I hope you will review it and also subscribe, for there will be much more educational material on Hamilton and the American System […]

by February 3, 2021 0 comments Alexander Hamilton, News
Spannaus Address to Treasury Now Viewable

Spannaus Address to Treasury Now Viewable

By Nancy Spannaus Jan. 27, 2021—On September 23, 2020 I was honored to have the opportunity to present my book Hamilton Versus Wall Street to the U.S. Treasury Historical Association, an organization of Treasury employees dedicated to preserving the history of the U.S. Treasury. As of this week, the video […]

by January 28, 2021 0 comments Alexander Hamilton, News
Americans come together to celebrate the successful Apollo mission in a huge NYC parade.

The Pathway to National Unity

By Nancy Spannaus Jan. 25, 2021—President Biden’s inaugural call for national unity, as the nation’s top priority, has been met with cynicism from all sides. Yet, his objective is not only correct, but urgent. The nation’s leadership must devise a pathway to national unity without delay. But what is the […]

by January 25, 2021 0 comments Commentary, Infrastructure
A portrait of Benjamin Franklin in 1762.

While Celebrating MLK, Remember Ben Franklin

By Nancy Spannaus Jan. 17, 2021—While much of the nation celebrates Martin Luther King. Jr. on this weekend, my mind also goes to another American fighter for the common good, Founder Benjamin Franklin. (1706-1790) Today is the 315th anniversary of Benjamin Franklin’s birth. Franklin was the quintessential organizer of our […]

by January 17, 2021 0 comments Commentary, History
New Video Released: Hamilton Against Slavery

New Video Released: Hamilton Against Slavery

By Nancy Spannaus Jan.11, 2021—Today marks the release of an invaluable video documenting the record of Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton’s opposition to slavery.  Under the title “The Evidence for Hamilton against Slavery,” independent researcher Marianne Als beautifully synthesizes text, imagery, and music to support her argument that not only is […]

by January 11, 2021 0 comments Alexander Hamilton, News
Black soldiers in the thousands joined the Revolution. What happened?

Why Did American Slavery Persist?

By Nancy Spannaus January 10, 2021—In a Zoom presentation to a discussion group on Sunday Jan. 3, I began to tackle the question of why, despite enormous activity in favor of abolition in the early period of our Republic, the institution of slavery persisted until the Civil War. My hour-long […]

by January 10, 2021 0 comments Commentary, Slavery
The signing of the Declaration of Independence by John Trumbull.

Lincoln: Saving the Institutions of our Republic

By Nancy Spannaus[1] Jan. 8, 2021—In the midst of escalating racial and mob violence in the late 1830s, Abraham Lincoln raised the very same question which stands before us today: How can we save the institutions of our republic? His remarks were made in 1838, in an address at the […]

by January 8, 2021 0 comments Government, History